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Black Market [Hardcover]

James Patterson

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Book Description

June 1986
From the author who created the international No 1 bestsellers Along Came a Spider, Kiss the Girls and Jack and Jill comes a lightning-paced novel of high finance, international terrorism and irresistible page-turning suspense - now reissued in striking new cover style. The threat was absolute. At 5.05 p.m. Wall Street would be destroyed. No demands, no ransom, no negotiations. A multiple firebombing - orchestrated by a secret militia group - would wipe out the financial heart of America. Faced with catastrophe on an unimaginable scale, Federal agent Archer Carroll and Wall Street lawyer Caitlin Dillon are pitched into a heart-stopping race against time, tracking the unknown enemy through a maze of intrigue, rumour and betrayal towards a truly shocking climax.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st edition (June 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671610872
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671610876
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.5 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,849,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The title refers to a national state of economic disaster after terrorists bomb strategic Wall Street sites. It also alludes to the sale of billions of dollars' worth of stolen securities, a scheme intended to cripple the United States financially. These events are made credible by the masterful storytelling of Edgar Award winner Patterson. Short, tight chapters that shift rapidly among the fascinating cast of characters successfully raise doubts about who's good and who's not as the suspense mounts. Several action scenes are rather violent and a bit gory, but they pass quickly in this fast-paced page turner. There are also some genuinely touching moments. Highly recommended. Will Hepfer, SUNY at Buffalo Libs.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.


'The action is fast and furious' Wall Street Journal 'A tough, twisting tale.' New York Daily News 'Patterson brilliantly explores dark crevices of the aberrant mind and lets us soar and dip with rollercoaster thrills.' Anne Rule --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Black Market is "early" James Patterson Oct. 23 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
There are few books by James Patterson that I would give fewer than 5 stars. He always blows my mind. Black Market is good, but it takes time for even a great writer like Patterson to become a true master. This book was published in 1986. Patterson fans, like me, who love his books because he pulls absolutely no punches may be somewhat frustrated when he pulls the punches a little here. Also, Arch Carroll is an interesting and sympathetic character, but I don't feel the reader gets to get inside of him like you do with Alex Cross. I kept wanting to know this guy better; I even wanted to know the bad guy better, even if I wound up hating him, like Gary Soneji. In Black Market, the admittedly fascinating plot is king. In a world full of plot-masters, I love Patterson's books because the plots are great, but character is king. Black Market is certainly a book to read for Patterson fans, as long as they understand that it feels like at this point in his career he may have been still developing the fabulous style that makes him absolutely tops today.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast pace, griping and an all around great read Sept. 7 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
The characters and plot twists make this a book you won't soon forget. Archer Carrol/ Crusader Rabbit is my favorite Patterson character. If you liked See How They Run, you'll love Black Market.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of his best, my favorite Feb. 17 2000
By Sam McNeal - Published on Amazon.com
Black Market, was in my opion one of Paterson's best books. The NYPD and NYFBI details were semi-authantic, I worked for both, but it was very good. The main character was multi demensional and complex. The subplots were inter woven to the main plot and it moved at patterson's traditional pace. Truly a a great read and worth your money.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read many books, this is definitely one of THE best! Oct. 25 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
After seeing the movie Capricorn One, many years ago, I have come to the belief that a lot of what we think of as reality in fact is not real. Since then, I have had several life experiences that have proven that fact. Black Market takes that philosophy/perception to the ultimate limit. It is everything we have all kept in the back of our minds and have been too afraid to bring out, this book makes us face how we truly feel about things in life and really LOOK at what IS real or not. Of every book I have read, some that have been great thrillers with dissapointining endings, this is one book that keeps you at the edge of your seat all of the way, only to give you the most rewarding ending of all books I have ever read! I have to applaud James Patterson, he has finally gained my respect over and above John Grisham! Black Market blows away The Firm!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The plot occasionally flows, occasionally stumbles. Jan. 8 2005
By DWD's Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
First things first - if you are at all familiar with the American economy, you'll have to suspend your sense of disbelief throughout the book. The premise has American terrorists bombing Wall Street and stealing 2 billion dollars worth of stock certificates in order to destroy the American economy and take down the entire free market system throughout the world. Now, it takes place in the 80s but still, even in the 80s, 2 billion dollars was just a drop in the bucket. It wouldn't make a bit of difference, especially since it was spread out over 20-30 giant conglomerates.

What makes the story work is the appealing main character, Arch Carrol. He is hardcore but still human and likeable. This is definitely not one of Patterson's best works, but it is not totally bad either.

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